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Want to Learn How to Build Your Own Natural Home?
The Year of Mud Natural Building Workshops –

We’re happy to offer another 7 day Straw Bale Workshop in the summer of 2015. Participants will get an excellent opportunity to learn fundamental straw bale construction techniques on a very unique off-grid, octagonal straw bale home outside of Berea, KY in the Appalachian foothills. See below for more. Don’t forget to sign up for 2016 workshop announcements in the form on the right!

The Year of Mud 2015 Curriculum

Straw Bale Workshop 2015  (Location: Berea, Kentucky, USA)


Natural Building Workshop Testimonials

“This was one of the best experiences of my life.” – Jeff P.,  Straw Bale Workshop 2012 participant

“We have talked nonstop about the workshop. It was GREAT! We learned a lot and are really inspired. I think that anytime I want to learn something I will start with a workshop… I am recommending your workshop to everyone.” – Callie C., Cob Oven Workshop 2013 participant

“In reality, you present so much more than building techniques, although those are important. The weekend afforded me the chance to connect with folks who think alike… getting back in concrete touch with my philosophical roots dating back to times before you all were born. I was truly heartened to be around such a dynamic and motivated and capable group of young folks. It’s easy to get pessimistic when looking at this mess of a world before us.  You all breathe hope! Keep up the great work, and many thanks for a great experience.” – Angelo S., Cob Building Workshop 2014 participant

coboven-dancing“I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time in the workshop, at DR and with you and April and the other workshop attendees. Seems like I’ve been talking about it non-stop since I left there. Not only did I learn a lot about cob, but I feel like I learned about many other things as well.” – Paul M., Cob Oven 2013 participant

“Loved learning things I never knew before, working with other folks, accomplishing things together that we could not do alone, [and] seeing something big come together before our eyes. Ziggy and April were wonderful organizers and hosts. Lots of thought and preparation!” – Margaret W., Timber Framing Workshop 2013 participant

“I am so grateful to those of you in the community who genuinely are on fire to effect positive change for our nation, in its immediacy; and the planet, in the realm beyond the daily carrying of water and chopping wood.” – Shand K., Timber Framing Workshop 2012 participant

Some of Our Previous Courses…


2014 Curriculum

Timber Frame Workshop (Clear Creek Festival, outside Berea, Kentucky)
Cob Building Workshop  (Forest Retreats, Berea, Kentucky)

2013 Curriculum

Cob Oven Workshop (Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri)
Timber Frame Workshop (Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri)

2012 Curriculum

Straw Bale Building 2012 Workshop (Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri)
Timber Framing 2012 (Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri)

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